Papists at the Manor - The Yates and Throckmortons of the Vale of White Horse - Oxfordshire FHS talk 23 November 2015

On Monday, 23 November 2015, Tony Hadland will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Papists at the Manor – The Yates and Throckmortons of the Vale of White Horse 

In the 17th and 18th centuries, against the odds, Buckland in the Vale of White Horse became one of the most Catholic parishes in southern England. This was due to the lords of the manor, the Yate and Throckmorton families, harbouring Catholic chaplains at a time when this was strictly illegal. Another branch of the Yate family lived nearby at Lyford, where they sheltered clandestine nuns and the Jesuit Edmund Campion. By the time legal penalties were lifted, Buckland’s Catholic congregation numbered 200. The Throckmorton family, successors to the Yates, then erected the first Catholic Church in the Vale of White Horse since the Reformation. Much of this story has been airbrushed out of history but this talk puts that right.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.

Non-members are very welcome.
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  • I lived in Buckland for three years as a student at University Hall. Tutorials were in Buckland House, and some few of us were lucky enough to live in the Manor (stables, forsooth. Only on the ground floor!). Evidence for the history of the place was all around us had we only known how to read it, but a written history of Buckland, especially as related to the Yates and Throckmortons, wasn’t available (or if there was one it was hard to find in pre-internet days).

    I, and many other ex-students, would have been interested in this talk, especially those who live not too far from Oxford. It’s a pity I missed it. I hope it has been written up and published somewhere.

    By Peter Freeman (24 April 2017)
  • Wish I could be there for the Tony Hadland talk. I have read his book. Unfortunately, I live too far away–In Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Kidlington was my home as a child.

    By Patricia E. Flores (06 November 2015)

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